archpriest

noun
arch·​priest | \ (ˌ)ärch-ˈprēst How to pronounce archpriest (audio) \

Definition of archpriest

: a priest of preeminent rank

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Recent Examples on the Web Don Giuseppe Berardelli, 72, was the archpriest of Casnigo, a town in northern Italy about 50 miles northeast of Milan. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Italian priest with coronavirus who gave his ventilator to younger patient has reportedly died," 24 Mar. 2020 Law moved to Italy to serve as archpriest of the Papal Liberian Basilica of St. Mary Major after he was forced to resign in 2002 as archbishop of Boston. Laura Smith-spark And Delia Gallagher, CNN, "Pope's role in disgraced cardinal's funeral draws outrage," 21 Dec. 2017 The church, one of Rome’s four great ancient basilicas, is where Cardinal Law had the honor of serving for more than a decade, first in 2004 as archpriest and, after his retirement in 2011, as archpriest emeritus. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Cardinal Law and the U.S.-Rome Sex Abuse Divide," 20 Dec. 2017 In 2004, he was appointed archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of four principal basilicas in Rome. Rachel Zoll And Nicole Winfield, chicagotribune.com, "Cardinal Bernard Law, central figure in Catholic Church's child sex abuse scandal, dies at 86," 20 Dec. 2017 In 2004, he was appointed archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of four principal basilicas in Rome. Bloomberg.com, "Cardinal Law, Key Figure in Church Abuse Scandal, Dies at 86," 20 Dec. 2017 In 2004, he was appointed archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of four principal basilicas in Rome. CBS News, "Cardinal Bernard Law, disgraced ex-archbishop of Boston, dead at 86," 20 Dec. 2017 In 2004, he was appointed archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of four principal basilicas in Rome. Alastair Jamieson, NBC News, "Bernard Law, ex-Boston archbishop disgraced by priest sex abuse scandal, dies at 86," 20 Dec. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Archpriest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/archpriest. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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